By Anna Parsons
There’s something captivating about stories where people find love when they expect hate, and a Romeo and Juliet meet in the most unlikely circumstances. If love to hate is one of your favorite types of ship, here are seven books for you to enjoy where enemies fall in love.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
In this average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story, ghost hunter Cas tracks down the spirit known as Anna Dressed in Blood. Entangled in rage and curses and still wearing the bloody gown she died in, Anna kills anyone who dares to enter her Victorian home. But, for some reason, she spares Cas.
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, this fantasy romance from bestselling author Renée Ahdieh is worth checking out. In Khorasan, the eighteen-year-old ruler Khalid takes a new bride each night and executes her each dawn. When the Caliph kills her best friend, Shahrzad volunteers to marry him so that she can exact her revenge. But to do so she has to be the first to survive the day, and as Shahrzad discovers the Caliph is not all that he seems, she finds herself falling for her friend’s murderer.
The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty
For a story full of spies, action, and intrigue—mixed with a bit of romance—try this novel by Erin Beaty. To avoid being married off by her uncle, sharp-tongued Sage becomes an apprentice to a matchmaker, where she is tasked with spying on the brides and the soldiers who guard them. One handsome soldier recruits her to infiltrate enemy ranks when rumors circulate about a political uprising. But the more she learns, the more Sage is caught in a dangerous balancing act where she doesn’t know whom to trust.
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Marguerite Caine is the daughter of physicists who have invented a way to into jump into different universes. When her father is murdered and his assistant Paul uses the device to escape, Marguerite follows, determined to make the killer pay for his crimes. As she races through the universes and meets alternate versions of the people she knows, she begins to question Paul’s guilt and discover the intricacies of love, fate, and truth in this Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black story.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
If you love the Beauty and the Beast story, read this fantasy from Sarah Maas. Nineteen-year-old Feyre kills a wolf while hunting to feed her family, only to find out that it was a faerie in disguise. Forced to live the rest of her life in the Fae lands as punishment, she resents her captor Tamlin, a powerful, shapeshifting faerie lord. As she gets to know him, Feyre begins to see Tamlin’s kind heart, but a dark power threatening the Fae may doom him and his kingdom.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
In this first book of the Remnant Chronicles, Princess Lia escapes from an arranged political marriage to hide in a remote village. But the simple life she is trying to start is disrupted when two mysterious strangers arrive―one of whom is the jilted prince, and the other of whom is an assassin sent to kill her.